Sometimes there is a need to redesign one's focus. Sometimes there is only one place to do that, and that's to go deeper into God's unadulterated purity and clarity, submitting all else, to enter into His Presence, His flow, and go down.. down..
Have things changed since the beginning of time? Well, of course they have... to a certain degree...although...
In Genesis 3 we can read about the world's beginning, a story often regarded as metaphorical, illusionary, or whatever by us "illuminated" peoples.
Is it indeed a fairy tale? A fable for "primitive" peoples?
It talks of a snake, (stating it was the most cunning beast of the field) sowing doubt about God by questioning His intent: "Has God indeed said...?" following that up with deceitful negation of God's words by saying: "You surely will not die." (Gen.3:4.) Adam and Eve were tempted and gave in, after which followed shame, (they saw they were naked) then they hid in the trees, and finally Adam ended up blaming Eve, and Eve in turn blamed the snake for what had happened.
The emotions of doubt, smatterings of truth making lies palatable, the hiding of the true self, not forgetting the shaming and blaming, all seem to make...
Let's just say you were suddenly given a super-possibility to change the world in one moment, do you think you would take action ? Or would you hesitate, overthink ? Perhaps you'd say that though the timing's not right... but then you might think, it won't be any better later on , so.....here's a challenge of a lifetime, maybe I'll just jump in, boots an' all?
Well... that possibility is here now, isn't it? A brave new world opportunity! It's not simply someone's challenge thrown out there to play around with, or a dream we could envisage. We've been given a key to unlock "newness". Yes... really.
So what are we going to do about it? What am I going to do? What's the Church doing in a time like this?
Personally I think anyway, it is of some concern that not too much real inspirational thought is being put out there by the global Church to realise its real mission, and to understand that societal change lies...
An 180 degree turn-around has occurred in our world with the wildly invasive onslaught of a little virus embodying extreme tragedy and pain. Who had heard the name COVID 19 before early in the year 2020? Now it takes priority in most conversations, dominates the media, and possibly the fantasies of several doomsday theorists. It's a global term now, and it connects us all in a new way, in a new world.
There's something about "hearing" the silence, almost a disruption to noise in our heads. It's kind of like a global standstill of stationary cars (without drivers, bumper-to-bumper), as though they, and we, are all waiting for something. Maybe for things to go back to "normal"..?
Not that they ever will. No, we are on the cusp of a new road where two curves meet.
New thinking and a new generosity of spirit will be needed to meet the huge obstacles facing us on this road of transition, but the thing is as we reflect, we may come to accept that this is the journey, the...
I woke with a start several times in the night. I experienced I had been given a blueprint. For what? Well, I didn't know what it was, but there was a construction with huge yellow straps shown to me. I had no idea what to do with it, but thought I should thread the straps through apertures on the structure. In my waking state next morning it suddenly dawned on me that the intention with this system was to draw the Earth from the darkness and upwards to His Light and that the prophetic meaning of the yellow spoke of His courtship and intentional pursuit of His beautiful creation, (the Earth and all its inhabitants.)
My painting depicts Him drawing the world upward to something NEW. When times of darkness and tragedy infiltrate our existence He longs to lead us closer to His compassionate heart...such is His desire for us.
…the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.(excerpt from 2 John 2: 8.
This painting metaphorically speaks of surrender. The pink of the sky points to romance with God.
As the world is experiencing darkness, the Lord of the Harvest is sending out workers to the harvest.The nations and the earth will exalt Him. We have nothing else to offer, except a surrender and yielding of ourselves to the only One worthy: all that we have and all that we are.
The painting evolved from a fleeting picture I had when in prayer: I saw a little girl wanting desperately to give something to the Divine Presence, but knowing that she had nothing, and also intuitively, that all things are His, she picked and hesitatingly regifted Him His flowers. His response: an affair of the heart.
My painting "Crossroads" was started with the intention of portraying life-decisions and choices we often must take when met by crossroads (like for example following the path of Quests or paths of Truth). But then the painting evolved slowly depicting much heat, fire, violent colour, landslides, a mountain erupting.
Some weeks later New Zealand was faced with a volcanic eruption on White Island, and Australia's bush fires devastatingly raged through the land...
The following from 2 Chronicles 7:14 came to my mind:
If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will heal their land.
On reflection that doesn't seem to me to be so much a pointed finger of accusation, but rather His promise to us: a healing of the land! A place of HOPE!
Do you ever find yourself aligning with in-vogue thoughts or beliefs, side-stepping your own values to become acceptable to the many?
It's a kind of congenial and affable way to deal with any conflict one thinks. So as not to rock the boat, as it were...
Maybe we all tend to avoid contention if possible? But with the added terrain of social media for today's generation there is even more pressure to become echo-chambers of the most acceptable and trendy ways of thinking. Certainly more comfortable and generally affirmed by the crowds.
What happens then? Do we all become 'same-thinking'? Are we at a place where no one dares to stand up and receive others' opinions, or criticisms. We become simply copies of one another.
Advancement is hampered. Not only do we not stand up, but we certainly don't stand out as the person God originally intended. Our originality is modified and our uniqueness restrained.
Does this matter? Well yes, I think so! Our voices, beliefs, truths,...
Maybe you are at an intersection ?
Is new definition, new direction facing you at this time?
The journey does not stop, it does continue, and it seems that suddenly there's a new fresh breeze inviting into a new season. It is a gentle beckoning to lay down the familiar, the accustomed.
This "new" often seems to come together rather like a jigsaw puzzle being put together... painstakingly slowly... piece by piece. The end result takes time especially when the picture or journey is complicated.
But change is about to take place. A choice has to be made, even a choice not to make a change is still a choice.
So-called coincidences occur and all is turned upside down for us. Somehow though it seems as though God doesn't actually "do" coincidences, and though the change in circumstances is not understandable for us there and then, it all becomes clear in retrospect that He was in it all from the very beginning. His roadblocks are simply part of...
We all know what it is to meet a road bump on our life-journey. They seem to be like obstacles along the way, but really they are a part of the journey. Often when we look back we see the paths we took were exactly the right ones for that particular time, even though they were bumpy.
It may well depend on the way we choose to look at these things.
Our attitude can be the difference that makes all the difference.
I watched three people competing recently on television, the one who had perhaps been seen as inferior came in with amazing enthusiasm, and the other two were nervous, distracted and unfocused. There was something about the zeal of the third person that drove her, the other two seemed to have lost their focus and intentionality, they faltered and failed. She won with a clear margin although she wasn't considered to be a winner.
Maybe an element of exuberance could lead us towards our choices- maybe we would see things in a different light on our...